Report: Free Agent Casey Kotchman Headed To Indians
The Cleveland Indians have been on the lookout for another power bat to add to their lineup, and now it appears they've got one -- Casey Kotchman is headed to the Tribe, according to Jon Heyman of CBS.
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Kotchman had one of his better seasons last year in Tampa Bay, putting up a career-high .378 on-base percentage as the Rays' everyday first baseman. Now he's headed to Cleveland, where he may land that same role.
The Indians have tentatively had Matt LaPorta penciled in as their starting first baseman, though LaPorta has been largely disappointing at the major league level with an OBP of just .304. Kotchman's arrival may relegate him to the bench. The Tribe are the sixth major league team for Kotchman, who turns 29 later this month. He was the 13th overall pick in the 2001 draft.